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Big week begins for the future of Eau Claire's Confluence Project


Eau Claire (WQOW)- The city of Eau Claire could pledge a big chunk of change to the Confluence Project this week. But before a vote is taken, you have a chance to weigh in.

As News 18 first told you on Thursday, the city is considering a $5 million dollar contribution geared toward the community arts center.

Developers behind the $80 million dollar project have asked the city for $10.9 million to support the arts center and student housing, and an additional $2.5 million for a plaza leading up to the building.  

The city's pledge will be discussed at public hearing Monday and is up for a vote during Tuesday's council meeting, but it comes with some strings attached. 

The council has drawn up a list of conditions and the $5 million dollar pledge will not move forward unless they are met. For example; the resolution spells out that there must be a commitment from the state for $25 million dollars, and at least $20 million in donations to push the project forward. The council would also require that a fundraising group be set up to cover future operating expenses once construction is complete. 

A citizen committee has announced it will try to gather enough signatures to put the project on the ballot next spring. A possible referendum on the project will be discussed Monday night along with the proposed pledge. 

If you'd like to weigh in, here's what you need to know: The public hearing begins at 7 o'clock Monday night at City Hall.  Again, votes by the council are expected Tuesday. News 18 has spoken with nine of the eleven council members recently and there seems to be a strong sense of support to move the project forward. 

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